About Us

A Business-Focused, and Supportive Chamber of Commerce

What does the West Ryde Chamber of Commerce offer?

 

The West Ryde Chamber of Commerce is one of the longest-serving chambers within the City of Ryde that has been representing and supporting local businesses since 27 May 1992.

The chamber operates as a non-profit organisation with the aim to help businesses in West Ryde and the surrounding suburbs to network, grow and reach their ultimate goals through our organised monthly networking events, both breakfast and after business hours. We welcome visitors and potential new members to our events.

We partner with local community groups like Neighbourhood Watch, Meadowbank West Ryde Progress Association and the City of Ryde to deliver events such as the West Ryde Easter Parade & Fair, Christmas Carols on ANZAC Park and the Business Expo during October.

The West Ryde Chamber gives business owners within the postcode 2114 and the surrounding suburbs, the opportunity to network, build business connections and promote their organisation for growth.

Evening Networking

These sessions also give the opportunity to host the Chamber members every second month (July, September, November, February and April) at a local business from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

Breakfast Networking

Hosted every second month (August, October, March and May) at a local cafe from 7:30 am to 8:30 am to allow businesses to network with other members

Chamber Participation

Participation at local fairs and events allowing members to promote their business and services at one of our stands

Members Promotion

The Chamber and its members promotion is held at the local shopping area on the second Thursday of the month from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Executive Committee

Our team of professionals are experienced and ready to help you grow your business. While actively promoting our members, our team also help businesses build valuable relationships by networking and creating opportunities for themselves and their clients.

Nora Etmekdjian

President

Nora is a finance broker, running her own business. She is keen to help small business and individuals to achieve their financial goals. She has been part of the West Ryde Chamber well over a decade. Nora is keen to help drive growth into the local business community and build awareness of the importance of the chamber and the role it plays in connecting businesses together.

Chris Bakalian

Treasurer

Chris is young Chartered Accountant; he has been practicing close to a decade. He established his own business, BgBA some five years ago and he specialises in taxation and small business advice. Chris engages with businesses and provides professional assistance with the view of helping them grow their business.  

Fazal Hameed

Vice President

Hameed is hardware and software guru with three decades of experience. He looks after computers, ensuring they are secure and well serviced on regular basis. The dedication shown by Hameed towards his work, makes him an asset to anyone business. Hameed is passionate about building a strong Chamber which focuses on networking and giving to the business community.

Phil Brown

Committee Member

Phil is a long-standing resident and business owner in West Ryde. He has three decades of experience in sale and delivery of goods to restaurants and cafes. He loves the local community and works hard to make West Ryde a better place for all.  Phil is outcome driven, a go-getter who is keen to collaborate and strengthen business relationships between business owners.

Rob Senior

Secretary

Rob is experienced town planner and land economist, having worked in public and private sectors over the past three decades. He is a community representative on the Ryde Council Local Planning Panel and is an effective communicator and he believes in the importance of inspiring business owners to love the community they work in.